Friday, April 02, 2010

The Edge of Chaos

I like that phrase ‘the edge of chaos’, whatever that means!

I completed ‘The Lost World’ by Michael Crichton.

No, I have not read ‘Jurassic Park’.

Yes, they are a sequence.

No, you don’t need to read the later to understand the former.

Yes, I watched both the movies.

No, I remember nothing except huge dinosaurs (and one type of small dino as well).

Even as I read the book I could not recollect the movie because I remember the movie to be dark and scary with random dinosaurs popping in everywhere. It was too random. And there were these two kids and Jeff Goldblum and one old man with a white hair and beard. And yeah, those huge beautiful waterfalls next to which the helicopter lands (Angel falls I believe).

No, there is no mention of the waterfalls near the helipad in the book.

It was really good to read some parts of the book where Ian Malcom talks. He talks about theories and ideas and how mankind never seemed to understand it all. He talks of how after your brain evolves enough your body stops evolving while your behavior starts evolving in order to adapt. He talks of why human beings cannot walk for an year after being born while most mammals can in a couple of days.

Malcolm’s last words in the book:

Human beings are so destructive. I sometimes think we’re kind of a plague, that will scrub the earth clean. We destroy things so well that I sometimes think, maybe that’s our function. Maybe every few eons, some animal comes along that kills off the rest of the world, clears the deacks, and lets evolution proceed to its next phase.

Michael Crichton is an amazing writer.


  1. You reading spree reminds me of my last year. I am stuck with Snow for the past two months @ 5-6 pages per week. :|

  2. Nice funda at the end. The idea is a little scary, though. :P

  3. @amrit:
    well normally I m like you but right now I m stuck at home. My visa is still in process and shopping, etc all done.
    Currently about to start Glass Palace

    Yeah! Kinda is. Trippy shit. It gives us an excuse not to stop global warming :P